Scotland v Sir Julien Cahn's XI 3 & 4 July 1936
by Cricket Scotland

Ground:Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow
Scorecard:Scotland v Sir J Cahn's XI
Event:Sir J Cahn's XI in Scotland 1936

DateLine: 4th February 2013




Day 1:
Scotland entered upon the second of her international engagements for the season in meeting Sir Julien Cahn's XI at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, the ground of the West of Scotland Cricket Club, yesterday in a two days' match.


Four players with Test match experience were included in the strong visiting team, these being I. A. R. Peebles (England), D, P. B. Morkel and R. J. Crisp (South Africa), and C. S. Dempster (New Zealand), while R.C. Blunt, another ex-New Zealand player acted as twelfth man.


Sir Julien, on winning the toss after the start had been delayed owing to the damp condition of the pitch, wisely decided to give his side first innings, and, with the Scottish bowlers handicapped by a wet ball and the lifeless state of the ground, a. score of 405 for the loss of nine wickets was reached before the close of play.


In scoring this formidable total in about three and three-quarter hours, Sir Julien's team were mainly indebted to T. B. Reddick and C. S. Dempster, who raised the score from 7 to 257 at a rate of one hundred runs an hour, before throwing their wickets away in reckless attempts at hitting.


Dempster's was definitely a high-class innings, his placing of strokes, as well as the manner in which he made them, stamping him as a really first-rate batsman. He gave a possible chance in the slips just after reaching his century in a few minutes under two hours, but this was a minor flaw in a splendid innings. He hit one 6 and fifteen 4s.


Reddick, who had four 6s and thirteen 4s, was less polished in his stroke production, but he certainly punished loose bowling. Batting for practically the same time as Dempster, he gave two difficult chances between 9O and 100.


G. F. Summers and D. P. B. Morkel more than maintained the high rate of scoring later in the visitors' innings, the former, principally by means of three 6s and five 4s running up 50 in thirty-eight minutes, and reaching the boundary twice again before being dismissed a few minutes later for 63.


Morkel was even faster in his scoring, as he hit up 32 in less than quarter of an hour before being caught. He had two 6s and three 4's.


The best that can be said of the Scottish eleven is that, on a lifeless and easy wicket, they bowled steadily and fielded exceedingly well. The captain, W. Anderson, and Preston, the West of Scotland professional, were the most difficult of the bowlers to play, and W. K. Laidlaw was able to turn the ball appreciably, though slowly, towards the end of the day.


So far Anderson has taken three wickets for 80 runs. Preston three for 121, Wass one for 31, W. A. S. Elder one for 88, and Laidlaw one for 82.


Day 2:
Fine weather favoured the second day's play in the match between Scotland and Sir Julien Cahn's Eleven on the West of Scotland 's ground at Partick, and about 4000 spectator's enjoyed the cricket.


Scotland batted fairly well, although inconsistently, and, even if still 96 runs behind with only five -wickets in hand at the end, can be said to have earned a creditable draw. Two hundred and eighty-four runs ahead at the conclusion of an innings apiece, Sir Julien enforced the follow-on, but his bowlers were unable to dismiss the Scots a second time.


In Scotland's first batting effort, which lasted two hours and twenty minutes, Wass and J. F. Jones showed the best form, both watching the ball carefully and hitting any loose deliveries well. J. B. Jones also batted nicely until he needlessly ran himself out, and A. K. McTavish made several powerful drives before being splendidly caught and bowled by D.P. B. Morkel.


B. R. Tod failed to repeat his good form against Ireland, being well beaten by I. A. R. Peebles, the former England Test match player, after making 5 runs only, but his club mate, J. A. Stevenson, did well in making 17 towards the end of the innings. Peebles had five wickets for 33 runs.


In the follow-on, McTavish was seen at his best, and batted for an hour and three-quarters in making 71. He gave a chance in the outfield off a big drive at 65, but that was the only flaw in a fine innings, which contained eight 4s, mostly on-drives and leg hits.


J. F. Jones again did well to get 52 not out in seventy-five minutes without a mistake of any kind. He never lifted the ball off the ground, and hit five good 4s. The visitors' bowling was inclined to be loose in the last half hour of play, and Tod then did some hard hitting, one of his strokes, a powerful pull off a full toss, sending the ball well over the rails for a 6. He also hit two 4s.


The fast and slow bowling of R. J. Crisp and Peebles respectively was keenly watched by the spectators, but the pitch was too lifeless for both trundlers. Crisp could get no pace off the ground, and Peebles, so successful earlier in the day, found his spin taking effect too slowly to show him at his best.


The side fielded splendidly. C. S. Dempster was, perhaps, outstanding, but S. D. Rhodes also did much fine work on the leg boundary and Sir Julien Cahn earned a cheer or two for good stopping at mid-off.

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